There are many ways you can help the environment while getting the most out of your outdoor living space. Choosing one of our Western Red Cedar pergolas made from sustainably produced wood and choosing paints/varnishes carefully can all help in doing our part for our planet Earth.

PEFC™ Certification

In 2010 OLM and our partners have been rewarded PEFC™ chain of custody certification. PEFC™ is internationally recognized and acknowledged certifications committing their bearer to the following:

OLM is committed to the Chain of Custody (CoC) and to ensuring the integrity and validity of the CoC and to the organization’s certified product.

With PEFC™ chain of custody certification since 2010, our customers can see at a glance that the products we make are natural products made from materials that are 100% sourced from certified, sustainably managed forests.

OLM owner-operator Greg Bailey

Under the CoC, OLT commits to process wood fiber only from sources that are not controversial. Furthermore we will make our best efforts to avoid trading and sourcing wood fiber originating from the following categories:

  • Illegally harvested wood
  • Wood harvested in violation of traditional or civil rights
  • Wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities
  • Wood harvested in forest being converted to plantations or non-forest use
  • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted
  • Will not process wood fiber from any international trade in endangered species of wild Fauna and Flora.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint

Furthermore we are concerned with waste and ever growing landfills. Outdoor Living Manufacturing’s designers have therefore designed our pergolas to use the wood fiber efficiently and without waste.

OLM buys the lumber from the mills which are considered too short, too thick or too thin for their regular customer’s use.

One great example are our cedar joists, blocking and stubs used in our pergola. Since those parts are shorter, we cut usable pieces out of unusable lumber. Longer pieces with some marks or scratches on them and could be rough-cut, but used in other applications such as our sheds sheds. Those pieces would end up in the landfill and newly harvested wood would have to be used.

Typically, an efficient lumber mill extracts approximately 50% of the log into saleable lumber. Because OLT utilizes so many smaller pieces of lumber for our 50 backyard kits that would otherwise be chipped and turned into waste, we extract an additional 20% from each log.

As you can see from the math, extracting more from each log potentially means less trees are used. Reducing your environmental footprint by 20% is massive and one we believe our customers really value,” notes Greg Bailey.

Western Red Cedar offers unique, natural performance characteristics and exceptional beauty that bring warmth, character and longevity to the interior and exterior of residential and commercial projects around the world.

Whether you choose knotty or clear grades, Western Red Cedar offers virtually unlimited versatility and design flexibility in terms of size and profile.